Britain has deployed hundreds of soldiers at strategic sites to free up police to hunt those behind a bomb which injured 29 people on a packed commuter train in London.
- The station where a bomb partially detonated has been reopened
- No arrests have been made and police have not named any suspects
- The terror threat level has been raised to its highest point
The Parsons Green tube station also reopened on Saturday (local time), officials said, restoring some normalcy to London’s transport network after a day of severe disruption.
Authorities increased the terrorism threat level to critical late Friday, after a bomb partially exploded during the morning rush hour, meaning a Government task force believes another attack may be imminent.
Prime Minister Theresa May said raising the threat level to its highest point was a “proportionate and sensible step”.
The attack at Parsons Green also prompted the Government to take the rare step of deploying soldiers to replace police officers on guard duties at certain protected sites not accessible to the public.
The soldiers will also add to the police presence at public places to deter attacks after the improvised explosive device was partially detonated on a District Line train.
“The public will see more armed police on the transport network and on our streets providing extra protection,” Ms May said in a televised statement.
No arrests have been made over the incident.
The explosion and an ensuing stampede at Parsons Green station injured 29 people.
The injuries, some of them burns, were not thought to be life-threatening.
The home-made bomb went off about 8:20am, as the train, carrying commuters from the suburbs, including many school children, was at Parsons Green station in the south-west of the city.
The bomb was put into a bucket and concealed in a shopping bag.
Officials said the bomb was intended to do grave harm to commuters, and analysts said the injuries would have been far worse had the entire device exploded.
The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the attack, which it said was carried out by an affiliated unit.
Britain has endured four other attacks this year, which have killed a total of 36 people.
The other attacks in London, near Parliament, on London Bridge and near a mosque in Finsbury Park in north London, used vehicles and knives.
In addition, a suicide bomber struck a packed concert hall in Manchester in northern England, killing 22 people.
That attack in May also briefly caused the threat level to be set at critical.
Forensic investigators work at the site of the attack at Parsons Green. (Reuters: Hannah McKay)